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September 24, 2021

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A Note from Mr. Bender

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe that we have almost reached the last week of September. We are also nearing the end of the first nine weeks. We look forward to parent teacher conferences that will take place on October 20 and 21. More information regarding conferences will be shared next week.

Enjoy your weekend!

Mike Bender


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Important Dates

10/7-11 Fall Break (No School!)

10/15 Reflections Entries Due

10/19 Picture Day!

10/20 Digital Learning Day

10/20 Parent Teacher Conferences

10/21 Early Release/Parent Teacher Conferences

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Teacher of the Year 2021

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Congratulations to Mrs. Gassman for being selected as the WMES Teacher of the Year 2021!

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Our three finalists for Teacher of the Year were Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Gassman, and Mrs. Matos.

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Fall Picture Day: October 19, 2021

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Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the achievements, contributions, culture, and history of Hispanic and Latinx American people. The month-long celebration begins on September 15 commemorating the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Ms. Alden highlights books for Hispanic Heritage Month in the Media Center. The counselors also have read-alouds on the Counseling eCLASS page that focus on Hispanic American stories and characters.

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Lunch Menu

Monday: Corn dogs, yogurt basket

Tuesday: Dip variety & chips, pull apart cheesy bread

Wednesday: Chicken drumstick, bean burrito

Thursday: Pizza

Friday: Taco Joe sandwich, yogurt bowl

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Character Trait and Mindfulness Activity of the Month

Every month, we focus on a character trait to instill great character into our cubs. The character trait for the month of September is Responsibility. We define responsibility as doing the right thing, even when no one is looking. As a reminder, teachers will be choosing one student this month who has exhibited responsibility the most to represent his/her class as the Cub of the Month. We also have a famous person that exhibited this trait highlighted each month. For this month, check out the video on the counseling eCLASS page about C.J. Walker.

Each month, we will feature a mindfulness activity on the announcements, during class meetings, and on our eCLASS page. You can watch Mrs. Woodworth do a demonstration of each month’s activity on the counseling eCLASS page. This month is “Mindful Listening.”

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Reading Rewards

All September logs are due to your teacher on or before Monday, Oct. 4. Be sure your log is complete before turning it in to your teacher. October reading logs will go home in the Friday, Oct. 1 weekly folders.

Participating students will read and log at least 20 minutes per day for at least 20 days in the month. Students can read independently or with their parents at home. Logs will be sent home monthly in the weekly folders. After completing the monthly requirement, logs are returned to the homeroom teacher. Parent initials are required in order to verify the reading.

If you have any questions about the Reading Rewards program, please contact

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Look for us on Facebook. We post reminders and important dates to keep parents informed.

Reflections 2021 information:

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Contact for any questions

WMES Spiritwear on sale now!

Get your Spirit Wear! Email Ellen Chaffee for an order form at

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Looking for books to read and add to your Reading Rewards Log for September? Look no further! Your child has books at their fingertips in the Online Research Library. In the Online Research Library, we will highlight Bookflix this week. Watch the video below to find out more!

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"The Promise of Gwinnett” campaign is a means of focusing attention on the importance of public education, the role it plays in our nation, and the outstanding schools found right here in Gwinnett County. In addition, the campaign focuses on the accomplishments of our students and the promise they hold for a bright future. Click here to visit the Promise of Gwinnett.

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In5ive is a fast-paced, fact-filled informative program that gives you a quick five-minute update on the latest good news in education from Gwinnett County Public Schools.

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Publix Partners

Support your school every time you shop!

Publix Partners has contributed $38.7 million to more than 4,950 schools across the Southeast since the program's inception.

Participating is easy! Simply sign up for Club Publix or log in to your existing account, click Publix Partners, and select a school. Then, every time you shop at Publix, pay with the Publix app or enter your phone number at checkout. We’ll give back to the school of your choice—one of the many perks of being a Club Publix member!

Business Partners

Woodward Mill would like to take this opportunity to thank the numerous business partners that support the students and teachers at our school. Our business partners support our school in various ways such as sponsoring after-school clubs, providing teacher appreciation gifts, donating supplies, and mentoring students. Please check out our wonderful business partners below:

Woodward Mill proudly thanks our business partners! Please support these businesses that support our school!





About Us

Woodward Mill’s mission is to achieve academic and social excellence through quality instruction that promotes lifelong learning.